Six drivers were arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after one of their sports cars, a Ferrari, overturned on Tai Po Road yesterday morning during what what police believe was a race involving nearly US$3 million worth of sports cars.
Police told reporters that the cars were driving an average 98 kilometers per hour when the accident occurred, almost double the legal limit for Tai Po Road.
At about 7am, as the cars approached Chek Nai Ping village, a black Ferrari drove into a slope and overturned, injuring the 36-year-old male driver, surnamed Pang, along with a 35-year-old female passenger, HK01 reported.
Both Pang and his passenger were taken to hospital with minor injuries. No others were injured in the incident.
But while no one else was injured, five other drivers were arrested, and their cars – three Ferarri’s, one McLaren, and one Lamborghini – impounded.
According to Apple Daily, Pang was the youngest driver, and was reported to be a soccer player for a local team, while the other five are believed to be businessmen.
The newspaper reports that the oldest suspect – a 70-year-old man surnamed Wong – was a director of five private companies.
The six impounded cars had a total value of about HK$22 million (US$2.8 million), and the most expensive was a yellow Ferrari priced at HK$4.44 million (just over US$567,000).
Apple Daily reports that the yellow Ferrari is owned by a 51-year-old businessman surnamed Leung, who is also one of the suspects. The vehicle was purchased in 2011 under the name of a construction company in which Leung is the sole shareholder.
A preliminary investigation found no suspicious items in the cars, and none of the drivers were under the influence of alcohol at the time.
Local media reports that the drivers were arrested as part of a police operation called Fossington, which clamps down on various driving offenses including speeding, dangerous or careless driving and failing to comply with traffic signals.